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The wedding reception is where the party really starts. It’s where you and your guests will celebrate your “I dos” with drinking, dancing, mixing and mingling. Find out how to choose the best venue for you, how to decorate it, and of course, how to choose the menu.



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Seating arrangements... are there rules?
Sarah, On February 20, 2023 at 16:13

Hi We're now at the point that we're starting to get some RSVPs in for the wedding and we're discussing table assignments. We have to coordinate people from 2 families, speaking 3 different...

Natasha, saturday 25-Feb-23 9 333
It's all about Compromise!
Julie, On February 9, 2023 at 13:10

It's all in the way you present it to your partner Not sure how many of you will be/have done this?? I really want to do the Table Dash at our wedding. Perfect way to have pics of all your guests,...

K1327, thursday 9-Feb-23 10 127 1
First Dance As a Married Couple
Amanda, On June 5, 2023 at 20:46

Hello all Brides to be! What have you and your significant other chosen for your first dance song as a married couple?! It's always nice to see what everyone has picked My husband and I danced to...

Amanda, yesterday at 23:11 19 91
Grand entrance
Melanie, On June 1, 2023 at 22:05

Hey everyone, In what order are you all doing your grand entrance? My FH and I have a vision, we want to come in on the song Barbie girl in a small car... With our bridal party in pairs following us...

KELLY, monday 5-Jun-23 5 53
Father/daughter dance
Melanie, On May 27, 2023 at 06:02

My father really loves the song butterfly kisses by Bob Carlisle. Says he used to sing it to me when I was a child. Unfortunately, I don't remember so to me it's just another song. Still I was okay to...

Liberty, friday 2-Jun-23 3 21
Catering Issue
Katalina, On April 6, 2023 at 12:02

Hi Wedding Peeps, I have a gorgeous venue but the cut off is now 10pm, due to this we needed to book a second venue for “after party.” And this has now caused our catering budget to fall below 7K...

Katalina, monday 29-May-23 2 39
Gambling packages
Slma, On September 2, 2019 at 11:09

We are having some table games at our reception like poker and black jack. My fiance and I thought it might be kind of fun to create little packages that our guests could buy, so for example...

Elena, monday 29-May-23 5 273
Real candles vs. led candles
Veronica, On October 26, 2020 at 16:35

Hi everyone, I love the look of lots of candles as decorations in the reception venue and creating a romantic warm glow. However, I've heard that some venues do not allow real candles because of the...

Kaye, friday 26-May-23 7 209
What style of wedding do you dream about?
Rayanne, On April 11, 2022 at 20:43

I found that once I started planning that there are so many styles to weddings. Glamorous, rustic, chic, romantic, bohemian, many choices it can really get overwhelming. We have always...

Holmes, tuesday 23-May-23 17 155 1
Budget Friendly Food Options
Kayleigh, On March 24, 2023 at 12:12

Hey everyone! My fiancé and I are looking for some ideas on how to make our food budget friendly but enough for around 160 guests. Our goal is to have something memorable for food but it not take...

Lilon, monday 22-May-23 11 128
How Much Food?
Hank, On March 30, 2022 at 15:41

How many choices did you get to try at your tasting? How many options are you giving your guests? What appetizers are you having for cocktail hour? How many courses are you serving for dinner? We...

K1327, thursday 11-May-23 20 256 2
Toonie bar? yes or no?
Stephanielarson, On November 13, 2016 at 03:29

Hi everyone, I'm interested in your thoughts on a toonie bar? I've been to weddings that had toonie bars and I didn't mind paying for a few drinks but I just cant decide if it's inapropriate? How did...

Stacey, friday 5-May-23 27 10,652
Garter Toss!
Amanda, On April 26, 2023 at 18:39

This one's less of a trend and more of a tradition that some people are deciding to do away with. But apparently 37% of grooms still participate in this reception tradition! Will this toss tradition...

Amanda, sunday 30-Apr-23 11 101
I'm looking for Dimmable string lights
Michael, On May 10, 2019 at 13:46

Has anyone had success finding string lights (patio or Edison style) that are also be dimmable? Most LED's say they are not dimmable. We have attended a wedding previously and sometime the LED string...

Jennifer, thursday 27-Apr-23 4 91
Table call up
Belle, On April 21, 2023 at 01:30

We are doing a buffett style dinner.... what are some fun ways to call up tables? I have heard about Newly wed trivia, song titles on table and when you hear your song you go up, regular trivia... has...

Jordyn, tuesday 25-Apr-23 3 44
Angela, On April 22, 2023 at 12:04

Did anyone do their father daughter dance at the same time as the mother and son dance ??? If so what song did you use ??

Angela, monday 24-Apr-23 2 34
How many Cake Tiers?!
Amanda, On March 29, 2023 at 11:16

Are you stacking your wedding cake sky high or do you love the clean look of a single tier?! Or are you and you future spouse switching it up with different delicious desserts like donuts, cupcakes or...

Amanda, sunday 23-Apr-23 33 208 1
Linda, On January 26, 2019 at 09:33

I saw a sign on a wedding website that said, "Don't feel like dancing? Grab a buddy and play a game!" Has anyone ever been to a wedding where they did that? Are you planning to do that? It's something...

Maria, thursday 20-Apr-23 21 388
Wedding favours - THC bath bombs!
Sandra, On June 25, 2019 at 09:19

Time to talk about bath bombs! My fiance and I own a business in a small community and we are trying to buy everything local for our wedding. In terms of wedding favors, we don't have that many...

Anna, monday 17-Apr-23 10 142
Venue payment
Nelia, On April 11, 2023 at 20:16

Hi! I was wondering if somebody could tell me in how many payments you usually pay for the venue. How much is it to reserve? I know it depends on the venue I just wanted to have an idea. Thanks 😊

KELLY, friday 14-Apr-23 8 54
No dancing
Shari, On April 5, 2023 at 14:04

What do you think if there's no first dances or plan for a DJ; but rather, I'll have live classical music?

Carine, monday 10-Apr-23 8 70
Bouquet Toss!
Amanda, On April 4, 2023 at 11:50

Are you ready to toss away the bouquet toss tradition? Or have you always looked forward to launching those flowers towards all the single ladies?! The bouquet toss! 💐

Amanda, monday 10-Apr-23 12 165
White Wine for Tables
Arden, On March 30, 2023 at 10:51

Hi everyone, For our wedding, we're going to be placing bottles of red and white wine on the tables. Has anyone done this for their wedding and if so, how did you manage to keep the white wine...

Arden, monday 3-Apr-23 8 171
When to end the wedding reception?
Susie, On March 17, 2023 at 15:02

Hello!! We are working on finalizing our timeline. Our ceremony will be at 3:30-4 with supper around 6 (not doing a first look so need more time for photos). Been trying to decide when to have the...

Hank, monday 27-Mar-23 7 88 1
Wedding Favours!
Leticia, On September 8, 2022 at 15:33

What are you guys giving out for wedding favours? I cant decide. Mini candles? Macaroons in a clear box with a bow? I was even thinking of giving baby succulents.

Leticia, thursday 16-Mar-23 18 240
Centerpieces - Keeping or Giving Away?
Julie, On March 3, 2023 at 08:27

I have not come across any discussions on centerpiece giveaways so I thought I would ask. For my centerpieces I will have manzanita trees and a floral arrangement at the base. The trees I purchased...

Julie, wednesday 15-Mar-23 11 71
Would it be bad etiquette to serve different tables different banquet menus?
Thomas, On February 26, 2023 at 12:23

Hi all, I wanted to get some advice from this community. To try and accommodate the number of guests at our wedding, my fiancé and I are considering the etiquette of serving our guests different set...

Hank, wednesday 1-Mar-23 7 86
Feeding Vendors
Mystica, On July 13, 2019 at 17:02

Are you guys planning to feed your vendors? If I were a vendor, I would want to get fed. But I mean... they’re already getting paid. What is customary, & what do you guys plan on doing?

Alim, tuesday 28-Feb-23 20 700
Poll: Are your centerpieces high or low?
Cliodhna, On March 12, 2020 at 09:05

Are you choosing high elaborate centerpieces that your guests can gaze up at? Or would you prefer simpler, shorter centerpieces? Perhaps you are incorporating both into your table decor? What height...


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Suggestions for reception timeline: host, games, at reception? ..
Katrina, On February 10, 2023 at 13:14

Hi community! Still new to planning & being a member on WeddingWire 🥹 My fiancé and I are in the final stages of booking our venue and now comes the part of the timeline/schedule for the...

Amanda, friday 24-Feb-23 5 131
Plated Dinner Or Buffet?!
Amanda, On December 4, 2022 at 21:38

Time for the main event - the food! Have you decided on buffet or plated dinner service for your big day?! 🍽️ Did you decide based on cost, menu and food options, or how the service fits in with the...

Amanda, tuesday 7-Feb-23 21 225
Alex, On August 18, 2020 at 17:25

Is having your wedding BYOB wrong, I am having an outdoor tent wedding more chill and heartfelt, would BYOB be wrong or insulting ?

Émilie, tuesday 7-Feb-23 9 1,066


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